Is it possible to add text or fill in a form on a PDF document that was created by someone else?

Asked by stringbender on 2008-07-15

I have recently switched from XP and have found that this is superior OS. I am mainly using this system to try to streamline office duties in my business and personal PC uses. I am trying to find out if it is possible to fill in blanks in a PDF document that was sent to me, so that I dont have to print it out,fill it in and then scan it back into my computer then send it back. I am hoping that there is some way I can do this so as to save an incredible amount of time since I have to do this operation quite a bit. Since I am so new to this OS I am still learning alot of the basics, so the simple answers are working best for me. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

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Best argh0 (vincent-degove) said : #1

Never used it, but with a quick search on Google and Ubuntu forums it appeared that PDF Editor should work.
Installation : Applications -> Add/Remove search pdf editor; or System -> administration -> Synaptic search for "pdfedit"; or in a terminal type "sudo apt-get install pdfedit"

As you are new in Ubuntu, you must know that Google is your friend, as are official documentation and all the Ubuntu forums...

stringbender (rejectedvisions) said : #2

Thank you! I am a little bit ashamed as I normally read through documentation for everything , but I am in the middle of opening a new business and haven't spent the time yet. I have followed your suggestions and they seem to be working so far . I will be giving these full try-outs tonight. Thanks again!

You can also use the OpenOffice 3 now in beta 2 stage.

How To Edit PDF File With OpenOffice
First, you will need to install OpenOffice 3.0. The free download is available here

For Ubuntu you can download and install

You will get a .tar.gz file.

You must save this file on your pc then estract it and after install it.

Then you need to download and install the Sun PDF Import Extension.
To install an extension into OpenOffice, simply open one of the OpenOffice application such as the Writer, then go to Tools > Extension Manager, and add the extension there.

After installing the Sun PDF Import Extension, whenever you try to open a PDF file, OpenOffice will automatically import and open it with Draw, one of the OpenOffice application.

From there, you will be able to edit the PDF document and then export it back as a PDF after finish editing it.

Hope this helps